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Article: Reasons for non-adoption of a hearing aid among elderly Chinese

TitleReasons for non-adoption of a hearing aid among elderly Chinese
Authors
KeywordsAged
Asian Continental Ancestry Group
Hearing aids
Hearing loss
Presbycusis
Issue Date2010
PublisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkag.org/Publications/AJGG/Publications_AJGG.htm
Citation
Asian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2010, v. 5 n. 2, p. 62-68 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground. This study examined possible reasons for non-adoption of a hearing aid among elderly Chinese persons residing in Hong Kong who had both hearing impairment and a self perception of hearing handicap/difficulty. Methods. 95 Cantonese speakers with hearing impairment, who did not use hearing aids, were identified by pure-tone hearing screening and the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly-Screening. They were interviewed using a comprehensive 51-item questionnaire that listed possible reasons for hearing aid non-adoption. Results. The most common reason for non-adoption of a hearing aid was that these participants considered their hearing impairment not severe enough to warrant using a hearing aid. Other common reasons included a belief that hearing loss was a normal aspect of ageing, that the better hearing ear provided adequate audition, that hearing aids were unaffordable, and that hearing aids were inconvenient to wear. Conclusions. Greater public education regarding hearing impairment in the elderly and the positive impact of amplification may assist in the long-term to improve the usage rates of hearing instruments in elderly Chinese persons. When counselling such individuals regarding their hearing impairment, clinicians should be aware that the patient’s assumptions regarding hearing aid use may differ markedly from professional views.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137536
ISSN
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.116

 

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dc.contributor.authorWong, PWYen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcPherson, DBen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-26T14:27:29Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-26T14:27:29Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationAsian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2010, v. 5 n. 2, p. 62-68en_US
dc.identifier.issn1819-1576en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137536-
dc.description.abstractBackground. This study examined possible reasons for non-adoption of a hearing aid among elderly Chinese persons residing in Hong Kong who had both hearing impairment and a self perception of hearing handicap/difficulty. Methods. 95 Cantonese speakers with hearing impairment, who did not use hearing aids, were identified by pure-tone hearing screening and the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly-Screening. They were interviewed using a comprehensive 51-item questionnaire that listed possible reasons for hearing aid non-adoption. Results. The most common reason for non-adoption of a hearing aid was that these participants considered their hearing impairment not severe enough to warrant using a hearing aid. Other common reasons included a belief that hearing loss was a normal aspect of ageing, that the better hearing ear provided adequate audition, that hearing aids were unaffordable, and that hearing aids were inconvenient to wear. Conclusions. Greater public education regarding hearing impairment in the elderly and the positive impact of amplification may assist in the long-term to improve the usage rates of hearing instruments in elderly Chinese persons. When counselling such individuals regarding their hearing impairment, clinicians should be aware that the patient’s assumptions regarding hearing aid use may differ markedly from professional views.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherHong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hkag.org/Publications/AJGG/Publications_AJGG.htmen_US
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatricsen_US
dc.rightsAsian Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Copyright © Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press.en_US
dc.subjectAged-
dc.subjectAsian Continental Ancestry Group-
dc.subjectHearing aids-
dc.subjectHearing loss-
dc.subjectPresbycusis-
dc.titleReasons for non-adoption of a hearing aid among elderly Chineseen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailMcPherson, DB: dbmcpher@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityMcPherson, DB=rp00937en_US
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dc.identifier.volume5en_US
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage62en_US
dc.identifier.epage68en_US

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